As a large employer, we must publish and report specific figures about our gender pay gap.

This includes:

  • mean gender pay gap in hourly pay
  • median gender pay gap in hourly pay
  • proportion of males and females in each pay quartile

Please note: we don't have a bonus pay scheme, therefore there is no gender pay gap in terms of bonus pay.

Our approach to pay

We are confident that men and women are paid equally for doing equivalent jobs across our organisation.

Our aim on matters of remuneration is to have in place an approach that enables us to:

  • recruit and retain people with the skills and expertise to deliver high quality services to the citizens of Sheffield City Council
  • manage employee remuneration in a manner that is fair, transparent and reasonable
  • take account of national and regional pay policy and market trends in the context of local government
  • have a framework for managing the range of pay across the Council’s workforce, this is known as pay ratios
  • have simple uniform packages across all employment groups and to manage pay matters within national guidelines and agreements
  • protect and remunerate low paid employees at appropriate levels and this includes the Council’s commitment to the Living Wage
  • protect jobs and services for as long as reasonably possible and this includes a prudent, affordable and fair approach to pay

Breakdown of employees by gender

  • 40% of our employees are male
  • 60% of our employees are female

Overall gender pay gap

  • women's median hourly rate is 8.39% lower than men’s
  • women's mean hourly rate is 2.63% lower than men’s

Change in position from last reporting cycle

There was a reduction in the mean percentage difference from 4.26% lower than men’s to 2.63% lower. This is because the majority of employees are in lower pay bands. The number of females in these roles has increased from last year with more females being in the 2 lowest quartiles.

The difference in female’s pay is due to the make-up of males in higher paid roles. Males make up 54% (Down 2% on 2017) of the total male employees in the top 2 Quartiles. Female’s make up 53% (Up 1% on 2017) of the total female employees in the bottom 2 Quartiles.

We will review further to understand these changes and any impact of actions taken this year.

Lower quartile

  • Male 22%
  • Female 27%

Lower middle quartile

  • Male 23%
  • Female 26%

Upper middle quartile

  • Male 28%
  • Female 22%

Upper quartile

  • Male 26% 
  • Female 25%

This document illustrates the gender distribution at Sheffield City Council across four equally sized quartiles, each containing on average 1750 employees (this split alters in the upper 2 quartiles due to the hourly rate equalisation).

Next Steps

We will continue to look in more detail into the reasons behind our pay gap with a view to identifying further potential actions to address this. We will carry on engaging with our equalities groups and trade unions in these discussions.

We will review the following employee statistics and put in place associated actions:

  • the number of men and women who apply for jobs or promotion and the number of men and women who are successful
  • the numbers of men and women who apply externally compared to internally
  • the proportion of women and men who return to work after maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave to resume their original jobs
  • talent management and people development - is the pipeline to senior roles working as it should for women
  • analyse the data on recruitment, specifically the take up of posts by gender
  • further analysis to understand the turnover and retention


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